Notice: Construction is ongoing in Riverfront Park and may impact some bicycle and pedestrian routes. Before you visit, please see the latest construction map for the best routes around redevelopment zones. Some attractions are currently unavailable due to redevelopment.

Regional Playground

Great Floods Play Area Concept

One of the top three new attractions requested by the public is a destination playground. Current concepts that are being explored include the development of a large 1 to 1.5 acre playground as an outdoor learning and play experience that tells the story of how the Ice Age Floods shaped our region.

Because of the dynamic nature of the Ice Age Floods and the rich imagery of its components, its story can be transformed into an exciting play environment that also offers rich, multi-dimensional learning opportunities. It aims to provide a completely interactive and fun way for children, families and interested people to learn about our region’s unique geologic history.

Construction - 2019

The Regional Playground on the north bank is at 30% design, with much refinement yet to come. Check out our latest design concepts here! (PDF 1.3 MB)

The goal of the playground is to create a safe, dynamic, high quality nature-based play/learn environment for children of all abilities and their families. It will be incredibly unique in its capacity to provide both passive and active recreation with age-appropriate play areas for children to interact with water and landscape features depicting the ice age floods geologic story. It will also host a significant family activity space that will connect to the park's great lawn area and pathways.

We are grateful to our partners for grant applications and project design: the City of Spokane Therapeutic Recreation Program, Access 4 All Spokane, Spokane County Accessible Communities Advisory Committee, the Ice Age Floods Institute and the YMCA.

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